Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 13, 2003
Ancient fault lines may have become re-activated
Study of a magnitude 5.0 earthquake occuring in southern Indiana in 2002 has led researchers to believe that a Wabash Valley fault line dating back to the Precambrian era has become reactivated.

FOSRENOL (TM) (lanthanum carbonate) shows favourable effects in 12-month bone biopsy study
FOSRENOL (TM) (lanthanum carbonate), Shire Pharmaceuticals' candidate phosphate binder for end-stage renal disease patients on dialysis, has been shown to be free of bone toxicity and to normalise markers of bone disease (renal osteodystrophy) after one year of treatment, according to a study in the June Kidney International.

A new discovery by scientists at the MNI may provide insights into Multiple Sclerosis
In a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience, Dr.

Researchers develop techniques for computing Google-style Web rankings up to five times faster
Computer science researchers at Stanford University have developed several new techniques that together may make it possible to calculate Web page rankings as used in the Google search engine up to five times faster.

Survey of medical students affirms value of student diversity
Racial and ethnic diversity in the student population is a positive influence that helps medical students work more effectively with patients of different backgrounds, according to a study in the May Academic Medicine, the journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges.

DNA from dung
New, non-invasive collection, extraction, and amplification protocols provide high quality DNA from animal dung.

Anti-HIV drugs save vision, improve outlook for AIDS patients
A new study from Johns Hopkins researchers shows the multiple anti-HIV drug regimen called highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) saves eyesight as well as lives.

Study shows newer epilepsy drug has worse side effects than older drug
Two commonly prescribed epilepsy drugs -- topiramate and valproate -- have varied cognitive side effects on patients, report doctors from Georgetown University Medical Center.

Jefferson Neuroscientists to test new stroke prevention drug
Neuroscientists at the Farber Institute for Neurosciences at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia will help conduct the first clinical trial looking at the potential usefulness of a drug to prevent patients who have already suffered a hemorrhagic, or bleeding stroke, from having a second one.

UC Riverside's department of biology receives $953,000 GAANN grant
UC Riverside biologists Rich Cardullo and Kim Hammond have received a $953,000 'Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need' (GAANN) grant from the Department of Education for three years beginning this fall.

Public knows no more about genetics than in 1990, U-M study shows
Despite a decade of highly publicized advances in genetics, U.S.

Sharper and deeper views with MACAO-VLTI
A team of engineers from ESO celebrated the successful accomplishment of

BAMEX Media Advisory
Recent severe weather across the Midwest has included more than tornadoes.

New research on why people do not take asthma medications
New research in the May 2003 Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (JACI) shows that fear of medication side effects and social distractions are two of the main reasons African American adults do not take their asthma medication.

Stanford research pinpoints online consumer health use
It may be popular for playing games, chatting with friends and checking scores, but the Internet is not as commonly used for health-care purposes as is sometimes reported.

In potentially important discovery, scientists find two forms of genetic material chromatin
Biologists have discovered what appear to be fundamental differences in the physical properties of the genetic material known as chromatin.

Pathogenic yeasts and fungi: A growing health concern
Like weeds in a lawn, pathogenic fungi and yeasts can invade and overtake our bodies.

CT images help radiologists diagnose SARS
Radiologists have used computed tomography (CT), a diagnostic imaging procedure that uses special x-ray equipment to obtain cross-sectional pictures of the body, to better define severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to